xenexian

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  1. At my age I still wonder from time to time if the old trek flame isn't dimming just a little. It's been quite a while since I've logged on and when I've looked in the past not much seems to be happening. Has it really been about ten years since I've first logged on here, back in those heady days of when Star Trek still ruled a good measure of the airwaves? Back when this site had an almost 24/7 feel to it? I may be an old trekker but I still enjoy making Star Trek a part of my everyday life. Such things as calling freeways warp corridors, telling the convenience store attendant that I need 15 gallons of anti-matter instead of gas. Decorating my work studio with all Trek memorabilia and throwing a bit of technobabble into everyday conversation. Being an audio engineer I can get away with it especially if I have to track down a stray audio signal, slap-back or signal flow path. It's interesting to hear my clients reaction when I say to them I have to realign the plasma flow to the ISDN unit so I can reverse the polarity to the data stream safely in the foldback audio circuit so they can hear you clearly. I still make Trek fun, first and foremost. But as I started to say at the top, as much fun as Star Trek has and continues to be, I find that the enthusiasm just doesn't have quite the same flavor as before. I still immerse myself in Trek canon, play my star trek computer games and read the New Frontier series (you should too, by the way) and am pleased that the new movies did better than I could have hoped for but I find myself more now willing to see a younger generation catch on and carry the torch a bit. Star Trek will remain a part of me and I'll still be coming here from time to time, more so in the foreseeable future, but I don't know how much more I can add to the already complete, incredible universe that is Star Trek and it adherents. I'm glad to see the site is still here so I'll be back more often again even if it's just to see if any other of us older trekkers are still around.


  2. I recently purchased a copy of Star Trek Legacy for $5.00 at a garage sale (a deal I couldn't pass up), and even though the reviews were terrible and there are a number of issues with the game, I'm still having a blast playing it. I'm wondering if any one else here has played this game and might have a few hints that are not covered by the walkthroughs I've downloaded. Also, I'm looking to supplement my collection of Star Trek items and am interested in purchasing any Star Trek PC games that anyone is willing to sell, especially Elite Force 1. If anyone reading this has any PC games they are willing to part with, please send me a message through this site. Being an older generation Trekker, I'm going to need something to keep me occupied in the old age home someday and having the nurses dress as Orion slave girls might be difficult at best. If anyone is interested, hailing frequencies are open.


  3. The Youtube police (their own version of the Obsidian Order) may have removed the Voyager episodes from their site but Chromalais has saved the day, somewhat. Her channels on you tube have been removed but if you click on the "Channels" icon and type in "lastchromalais", you'll be taken to the last channel she has left. On the left side of the screen, you'll find a link that once you click, you be taken to a russian web site that she uploaded all that was previously on you tube. She seems quite persistent in spreading the trek gospel as best she can so if you still care to see episodes from any of the Voyager years, this looks like a safe bet. All hail Chromalais for her efforts. For those just wishing to go directly to the site, here's the link.

     

    http://video.mail.ru/mail/voyager_startrek/1/

     

    Let's see how long this last, shall we?


  4. To Bellamorte, Sentra, Willgirl and Krothos. We are all one year more today. WOO HOO!! As Aquarians, we need to stick together so happy birthday to the aforementioned members. We may be the most amount of members here born on the same day. Can we check on that? Perhaps we need to apply as a separate species and demand a place on the council! Anyway, bloodwine for all at 5:00.


  5. Sorry to say but it seems that You Tube has removed all of the Voyager series that was uploaded by Chromalais. No reason given but I suspect it has something to do with copyrights again and the desire of Paramount that nothing shall be free, especially if they own it. Or is it CBS now that owns all things Trek? Strange, as I scan the site, that I see many other Trek episodes from all the series' from other posters uploaded for viewing. Why remove Voyager? May Cardasian voles plague all the execs who made this bad call. And I was up to year 5, too. Shame.


  6. I still have this episode on tape. It's definitely in that top ten of TOS but what I like more about it is that Manny Coto was able to use this episode to create a "What Happened to it" episode in the final year of Enterprise. It was a great tie in and continuation of the ST universe.


  7. It seems that each incarnation of Star Trek, from the TV series to the movies, all have their own signature Federation transporter visual special FX. I'm sure this was intentional to give each series or movies a frame of reference in the timeline to indicate advances in the technology or the special FX team just did it because they could. Either one is plausible but after watching a few episodes of each of the series and all of the movies, I've come to the conclusion that the Voyager transporter FX were the best. TOS transporter FX were pretty cheesy but it was pretty darn good considering the time that it was made. The first Start Trek movie FX were good but I really didn't care for that strange kalaidascope effect. Enterprise's was interesting with all the molecules condensing into a single point and emerging from the same and DS9's were supposed to be Cardassian in origin so I couldn't really count that one but Voyager's seemed the most advanced of them all. I always like the way the person or object materialized from a single point with the energy of the beam stretching into the vertical in both directions to re-integrate or dissolve what was being transported. I'm sure there are other opinions on this. What say you?


  8. I'm the same age as TNG.

    According to your profile you're a year younger than the show, I'm 2 months and 10 days older than it :giggle:

     

     

    Geez, thanks guys. Now I really feel old. When TNG arrived, I was three years into my marriage with a 1.5 year old daughter. You "Utes" are not helping :(


  9. The Defiant was the MEANEST ship in the fleet, imo. Fast and agile with the hardest punch of any ship twice it's size. A warship in every sense of the word, designed for only one thing really, to fight against the Borg. A Federation "Bird of Prey". In any battle I would want the Defiant at the head of the fleet. But the Federation is not a conquering empire and it's ships are mainly designed for exploration. In that sense, the Voyager is my real choice for the best ship in the trek series. So ironically, the little Defiant is the Federation's "big stick".


  10. Well, even a bad series, like this one, will still have life today with all the re-imagining and remakes being done. Perhaps they can actually it work this time, but I'm not going to hold my breath hoping. We have a saying in the recording industry, Garbage in, garbage out. In other words, you can't make that silk purse out of this sows ear. This series was truly bad.


  11. I grew up in the midwest and crabs were not part of our menu. Hard to find any in Lake Michigan. Plus crabs are a member of the arachnid family and I refuse to eat arachnids, in any shape or form. It may be seafood but my brain keeps telling me "sea insect". So no, I don't eat crabs.


  12. While scouring youtube recently I came across a channel that has the entire Voyager series uploaded for viewing. Search for the channel Chromalais with subchannels Chromalais1, 2, 3 and so on, for access to any of the series years. I never realized how many episodes I missed the first time around. Until the prices for the DVD series comes down a bit, this is great substitute. Happy viewing.


  13. I may not have really known you, Joe but as a fellow Trekker, I feel the loss of another who has left us too soon. Our common interest has always made me feel that you were a brother. The way I feel about everyone who is registered here, brothers and sisters all. Without sounding too trite, may your spirit find peace and I pray that your family's grief passes quickly as all who knew you remembers your life as having been lived with honor. I hope that whatever universe or heaven you now inhabit, it finds you in the captain's chair traveling at warp speed exploring the last great frontier. May you be at peace.


  14. Absolutely, I've seen every one, live action and animated and as first runs yet. I remember watching TAS on saturday mornings back in 73 and 74 which for me at the time, being a senior in high school, was not considered cool because it was a cartoon but to me, it was Star Trek. I may have missed a few reruns here and there but every episode of every series, when it was first run, was on my television. I'm kind of proud of that actually.


  15. Okay, so perhaps I should articulate my question a bit more. What I should be asking is, because of the possibility of future wonders yet to be, not necessarily those that we see on Star Trek, but in general, such as future medical cures, a new power source, possible manned planetary exploration and so on, do you feel that you were born out of time and should have been born in the future? How optimistic a person is would have a lot to do with how one sees the future. I'm very optimistic and perhaps 80% of Trek technology may never come to pass but we've only been in the air for just a bit over one hundred years and in that time our knowledge in just about all science fields has increased exponentially, most of which has happened in our lifetime (The computer is one great example). So who knows what could come to pass in the next 100 let alone 500 years. We're moving forward at an incredible rate of speed unmatched by any other time in the entire history of the human race. So for me, 500 years in the future would be just about right and where I feel I should have been. What about you?


  16. Ever since I saw the first ST episode back in 1966, I've always felt that I was born too early. I've always been fascinated with electronics and such and even made sure my career would be in a field that would allow me access to the latest in electronic gear. As I grew older and began to read the works of famous Sci- Fi authors and became an original trekker, I really seem to think that I was born about 500 years too early and that I should be sailing among the stars or at least in the relative neighborhood. Does anyone else feel this way because of Star Trek or do you feel that you were born at the right time or perhaps even too late? Any thoughts?


  17. Agreed. Seeing those old TNG episodes, either from my collection or in rerun form, makes me cringe a bit when I see how stiff all the acting was and how serious they were all trying to be. I do believe that Ira and Ron had most of the seven years already flushed out in their heads, for the most part and because of that, had a much clearer picture of where they wanted DS9 to go. I've just recently completed my DS9 collection (Season three) and have been mildly surprised at how well produced those first three seasons really were. Especially in season two into half of season three, we got to see the background laid out for the remaining 4 seasons with bits and hints of things to come that really were not that clear until you have a chance to see the entire seven years laid out. It's amazing to me how a piece of dialog or mention of a scene in seasons four through seven had a reference to an earlier season that at first made no sense but became abundantly clear as the pieces all began to fall into place. All credit to Ira, Mike and Ron for that splendid achievement.


  18. I think eventually Kai Opaka would have grown weary, left the order, started drinking and open a bar and strip club on Bajor with Garak as a partner, since he wasn't going anywhere for a while anyway. Rebellion against the strict tenets of her religion would have turned into one hell of a party girl.

     

     

    (I'm in a weird mood today so the above is just a "Scene We'd Like To See" that exists only in my own mind, with a tip of the old hat to Mad Magazine.)


  19. The entrepenurial spirit is alive and well, it seems. This article from the Chicago Tribune shows us that there is nothing that won't be done to earn a buck. The Ferengi would be proud. I might buy some just to have and perhaps make a collectors item out of but I really don't know how much they actually plan on selling. Any takers?

     

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainmen...0,4006167.story


  20. In thte real world, my vote would still be for Mars. i was so bummed out when about 9 years ago or so, one of thte mars landers crased and we never got a chance to hear what Mars sound like. It was the only mission that I knew of that had a microphone as part of the science instruments and being an audio guy, I wanted to hear what another planet sounder like. Outside of that, my next vote would be to visit the "Wild Sororiety Girls of Planet Platex." :lol: